Cooler Master has launched a new gaming keyboard in its CM Storm brand. The Quickfire Pro uses mechanical switches, which according to some provide a better feedback than the rubber pads commonly used.
The keyboard has lasered keycaps and matte finish. It comes with a so-called key puller, which makes it easier to replace individual keys. The USB connector should allow the keyboard to respond to key strokes within 1 ms, providing direct feedback in fast-paced games. Software is used to recognize when a game is started, after which the keyboard automatically disables the Windows key, preventing users in accidentally switching back to their desktop.
The new Quickfire Pro also has multimedia keys, which will come in handy when listening to music or watching a movie. RTS gamers in particular will appreciate the NKRO feature, which means that the keyboard is capable of registering and distinguishing all key strokes simultaneously. If you're pressing a large amount of buttons at once or making long combinations, the keyboard is to make sure everything gets entered properly.
Cooler Master has integrated a red backlight, illuminating just the left side of the board. It's a remarkable choice that does emphasize the board's gaming aspect. Naturally, the backlight can also be switched off. The used 'Pro Cherry MX' mechanical switches are allegedly the best available, as they recover the quickest after being pressed.
A finishing touch is the USB cable, which can be detached completely. A cable chute is also present on the board, protecting the connector and preventing accidental disconnections. The CM Storm Quickfire Pro should hit shelves late June at a price of €109.95 (£89).